Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Silversea Land Program: Hiking The Dolomites

Silversea has added something special for hikers who have the stunning Dolomites on their bucket list. Set at the foot of the rugged Dolomite Mountains, Cortina d'Ampezzo, the picturesque Italian town that once hosted the Winter Olympics—and renowned today as much for its designer boutiques and chic restaurants as its world-class ski competitions—can now be explored by the cruise guests of Silversea on a "Hiking in Cortina" land extension. The optional 3-night, pre- or post-cruise program is offered this summer on Mediterranean cruises departing or concluding in Venice.

But if strolling Cortina's ancient cobbled streets is not challenging enough, the new "Hiking in Cortina" tour also features a guided alpine trek along a via ferrata, or "iron road," for more-adventurous travelers. The narrow route is equipped with steel cables, ladders and other fixed anchors, such as wooden walkways and suspended bridges, making it possible for hikers of all skill levels—even those not versed in climbing technique—to hike on ledges, climb vertical walls, and reach mountain peaks. Hikers set their own pace, and may hike for as little or as much time as they prefer. Accommodations are provided for three nights at the Rosapetra Spa Resort, where participants meet with their alpine guide to determine the itinerary best suited to their skill levels. The guide also provides proper safety equipment, including a helmet, harness, gloves, and other cable gear. During their stay at Rosapetra, guests will also enjoy complimentary access to the resort's heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, and Mediterranean and Turkish baths.

"Our new 'Hiking in Cortina' program is a great option for soft-adventure travelers seeking a more-immersive land experience in conjunction with their Mediterranean cruise," said Darius Mehta, Silversea's vice president of air and land programs. "It's a unique blend of adventure, relaxation, and rejuvenation—all set in one of the world's most beautiful mountain ranges."

The program is available from Venice on 17 Mediterranean voyages, which also feature a choice of included Silver Shore Select excursions offered in every port of call, as well as two hours of complimentary WiFi per guest, per day, and unlimited WiFi for the line's larger suites (Medallion and higher categories)—for bookings made on or after January 15. Sample itineraries include:
• Voyage 2519, Silver Wind, July 9-19, Rome to Venice, with calls in Sorrento, Amalfi, Lipari, Siracusa, Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Koper.
• Voyage 5523, Silver Spirit, Aug 10-19, Venice to Istanbul, with calls in Ravenna, Trogir, Kotor, Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, and Kusadasi.
• Voyage 5527, Silver Spirit, Sept 11-18, Venice to Venice, with calls in Ravenna, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, and Koper.
The "Hiking in Cortina" program includes up to eight hours with a certified alpine guide, use of safety equipment, accommodations, transfers between airport, hotel and pier, and some meals. Participants should bring proper clothing, boots, and a backpack. See Silversea.com for additional details.

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